Carda and Bates Homers Lift #12 UCLA to 3-2 Win Over #2 Arizona State

March 22, 2013

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LOS ANGELES - Senior B.B. Bates had two hits, including the go-ahead home run in the sixth, while sophomore Ally Carda belted a two-run shot and earned the win in the circle, as the 12th-ranked Bruins defeated #2 Arizona State 3-2 in the Pac-12 opener on Friday at Easton Stadium.

Carda improved to 15-2 in the circle, tossing 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief. She struck out one and gave up one hit. Junior Jessica Hall started the contest and fanned one in 5 1/3, allowing two runs (one earned), five hits and three walks. All told, UCLA pitchers stranded eight Arizona State runners.

The Bruins (24-4, 1-0 Pac-12) had five hits, with freshmen Allexis Bennett and Britney Rodriguez also recording base knocks.

In the bottom of the first, the Bruins rallied with two outs. Sophomore Stephany LaRosa drew a walk and Carda crushed her 11th homer of the season over the pollen-laden trees in left to put the home squad up 2-0.

After leaving a runner on in both the first and fourth innings, and two more in the third, the Sun Devils (29-3, 0-1 Pac-12) finally broke through with two runs in the fifth. Nikki Girard led off the frame with a homer to left to cut the deficit in half. The Sun Devils then loaded the bases with one out and a sacrifice fly to center for Haley Steele plated Alix Johnson to tie the score at two. However, Arizona State would strand the remaining two runners.

The Bruins re-took the lead one inning later. On a 3-2 count, Bates tattooed a pitch over the trees in right field, her 14th homer of the season, to put UCLA up 3-2.

In the seventh, the Sun Devils, who left another on in the sixth, had the tying run in scoring position following a leadoff double by Johnson. But Carda retired the next three to seal the UCLA win.

The Bruins and the Sun Devils are back at it on Saturday at 6 p.m. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com, as well as live updates at twitter.com/uclasoftball.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Tuesday, Mar 29
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
W, 5 - 4
Friday, Apr 01
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 16 - 6 (5)
Saturday, Apr 02
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 5 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 4 - 1
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 9
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Monday, Apr 11
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Wednesday, Apr 13
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 0
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 5
Sunday, Apr 17
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 0 (5)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 6
Sunday, Apr 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 4 - 8
Monday, Apr 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 8 - 7
Friday, Apr 29
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 8 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, May 01
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 4
Friday, May 06
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 15 - 7 (5)
Saturday, May 07
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 8 - 0 (6)
Sunday, May 08
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Rained Out
Friday, May 20
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
W, 7 - 0
Saturday, May 21
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 3 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Saturday, May 28
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 1 - 8
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 2 - 1 (9)
Sunday, May 29
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
W, 2 - 1
Thursday, Jun 02
vs. Auburn
Oklahoma City, OK
L, 3 - 10
Saturday, Jun 04
vs. Florida State
Oklahoma City, OK
L, 4 - 8
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